Rufty-Holmes Senior Center
May 2015 Events Newsletter
May is Older Americans Month
Canned Food Drive for Rowan Helping Ministries
In acknowledgement of Older Americans Month, those attending
the Senior Center or Lunch Club sites during May are asked
to bring canned goods to benefit the Rowan Helping
Ministries Food Pantry.
Service to Seniors Awards Luncheon
Friday, May 8 at noon. Hosted by the
Rowan County Council on Aging with sponsorship from Park
Sterling Bank and Oak Park Retirement Center. Several
individuals and organizations will be honored for exemplary
service to older adults in our community. The luncheon is
open to the public. There is no cost to attend, but
reservations are required by calling 704-216-7714 by May 1.
Monday, May 18 at 11:30am. In recognition
of Older Americans Month, the center will host its eleventh
annual luncheon to honor members of the community who are
age 85 plus. Sponsored by Carillon Assisted Living, special
entertainment will be provided. Free and open to those 85+
making advance reservations. Call 704-216-7714 for more
Bus Trip to Asheville
Thursday, May 28.
Motor coach transportation leaves at 7:00 am enroute to
Buncombe County. Our first stop will be at the Lexington
Glassworks, a premier glassblowing gallery and studio. We
will enjoy a live glassblowing demonstration and then have
time to browse the gift shop that contains glass items
priced for every pocketbook.Our next stop will be around the
corner to the Woolworth Walk. There we will take a step back
in time for a Dutch-treat lunch at The Soda Fountain,
located in its original location and resembling the original
Woolworth Luncheonette designed with a 1950's flair. It
serves many original menu items such as egg creams, club
sandwiches and old fashion ice cream sodas. Before and after
lunch, you will have time to browse in the Woolworth Gallery
which features more than 160 local artists. After lunch
we're off to the NC Arboretum to enjoy the afternoon among
the Bonsai Collection, Savage Garden Exhibit, and an array
of flowers and botanical exhibits. On the way back we will
stop for a short snack before returning to the Center around
Cost is $40.00 per person. Interested older adults need to
pre-pay at the Senior Center in order to reserve a seat on
the bus. Reservations are first-come, first-served, and you
can pick your seat assignment at the time of purchase. You
must be a member of the Center to purchase a ticket. You may
pay by credit card as well as with cash or check.
Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, May 6 at 3:00pm.
A seated waiting line will be provided in Addie Rhem Morris
Room B beginning at around 1:00pm for those who arrive
AARP Driver Safety Class:
Wednesday, May 20 beginning at 12:30pm at the Senior Center.
Sponsored by AARP for older drivers interested in a
four-hour training class in refining existing driving skills
and developing defensive driving techniques. Insurance
discounts are available for those completing the course.
Cost is $15 for AARP members, and $20 for non-members,
payable upon arrival for class. Space is limited, so you
must pre-register by calling 704-216-7714.
Craft Class: Wednesday, May 6 at 9:30am with Kay Daniel. You will learn
how to make adorable personalized gift bags for special
occasions such as Mother's Day, Get Well, Thinking of You,
or just as decoration. You will need to bring a small pair
of scissors for this class. All other supplies will be
provided by instructor. The cost is $6.50 for each gift bag
that you wish to make. Payment is due to the instructor at
the beginning of class. Register by calling 704-216-7714.
Create A Memorial Day /Patriotic Table Centerpiece:
Tuesday, May 12 from 6:00-8:30pm. Learn to make a beautiful
deco-mesh patriotic centerpiece for your table with
Instructor Harry Hinson. Harry has been involved in floral
design, event planning and wedding planning for over twenty
years. You will take home your own centerpiece to use for
Memorial Day or other holidays. All supplies will be
provided to create either a basic or deluxe table
centerpiece. Please register by calling 704-216-7714 by
Thursday, May 7. Basic kit cost is $30. Deluxe kit is $45.
Payment is due to the instructor at the beginning of class.
Essential Oils: Friday, May 22 at 9:30am. Learn about using therapeutic
grade essential oils to replace cleaning products with harsh
chemicals, improve your health, for aromatherapy, to improve
your food, your environment and much more. Join Harry
Hinson for this informative presentation. A variety of
essential oils will be on display for participants to view
and test. There is no charge for the class, but
registration is requested by Wednesday, May 20. Call
704-216-7714 to register.
Four new classes available in May. On Monday, May 4 Absolute
Beginner Guitar will meet at 1:00pm, Beginner Guitar at
2:15pm, and Intermediate Guitar at 3:30pm. On Tuesday, May 5
a new Absolute Beginner Guitar Class will start at 6:30pm.
Learn or re-learn to play the guitar with instructor Bob
Wingate. Bring your own guitar. The cost for either
eight-week course is $35 payable to the instructor on the
first day of class. For questions call Bob at
704-640-0279. To register call 704-216-7714.
Handmade Cards -Tuesday, May 5 at 2:00pm. Complete six handmade cards in
one two-hour workshop session. All supplies will be
provided. Cost is $13 per person payable upon arrival.
Instructor is Daphne Houghton. Advance registration is
required by calling the Center at 704-216-7714.
Mind Aerobics Art Class - An introduction
to mass drawing, pastels and sculpture is explained and
demonstrated by professional artist Robert Toth. Explore the
novelty that keeps the brain alive through the inspiration
that art can give you. Monday afternoons from 2-4pm
beginning January 5. $10 per session payable to the
Nutrition & Cooking Lessons - Three
sessions: Friday, May 1; Friday, May 22; and Friday, May 29
from 12:30-2:00pm. Learn to cook, eat and understand good
nutrition with Certified Nutritionist Wendy NaPant. Wendy is
a Holistic Health Coach who uses fresh healthy foods to
encourage healthier food choices. The classes involve
cooking as well as eating the nutritional foods which are
prepared.The cost is $12 per session, or $30 for all three
classes, payable to the instructor at the beginning of
class. Call 704-216-7714 to register. Space is limited.
Watercolor Workshops - Monday evenings at 7:00pm with Frank Saunders. Receive
individual guidance and benefit from group instruction as
you work on your own watercolor projects. $12 fee per
session payable to the instructor. Pre-registration is not
New Computer Classes
Pre-register at the Front Desk or by calling 704-216-7714.
Class participants may bring their own laptop, or use one
provided by the Center. Please indicate your choice when
registering. Participants must be members of Rufty-Holmes
What Do I Do with My Photos?
Thursday, May 7 from 5:30-8:30pm; or Friday, May 8 from
9:00am-12:00 noon. Do you have hundreds of pictures on your
digital camera or cell phone? What are you doing with them?
In this class, we will work with Picasa, a program which
allows you to edit your photos in a variety of ways. Bring
your laptop along with your camera or phone. You will also
need either a memory card from your camera and/or the cords
used to connect your device to the laptop. This will be a
good opportunity to prepare for your summer vacation
pictures. Class Fee is $10.
Android Tablets:Tuesday, May 19 from 5:30-8:30pm. This class will allow you
to become more comfortable using your Android-style tablet.
In order to download apps, be sure you know any passwords
already in use on your tablet. Class fee is $10.
iPad Class: Wednesday, May 20 from 1:00-4:00pm. We will work with
your iPad in learning basic operations, including
downloading apps and tricks/hints to making use easier. You
will need to know your passwords to your iPad and app store.
Class fee is $10.
Movie of the Month
Wednesday, May 27 at 2:00pm. Sponsored by
Victory Wealth Management for interested older adults. Come
out and enjoy "Soul Surfer" with Anna Sophia Robb, Helen
Hunt and Dennis Quaid. Shown on our big screen, complete
with popcorn and drinks. Rated PG-13. Free. (Motion picture
license # 12137390).
National Senior Health & Fitness Day
Wednesday, May 27 12-4pm. Learn about
exercise classes that Rufty-Holmes Senior Center has to
offer on land or in our saltwater pool. There will be an
opportunity to take mini-classes in gentle exercise, senior
strength, or to play chair volleyball with a beach ball.
Novant Health Rowan Medical Center will be providing bottled
water and fresh fruit. Please note the times for special
12:00 - Gentle Beginner Exercise
12:30 - Senior Strength
1:00 - Seated Chair Volleyball
2:00 - Movie: "Soul Surfer" with free popcorn and drinks
Health & Fitness Club
Wednesday, May 13 at 2:00pm. Novant Health
Rowan Medical Center will have a chef, dietician and a
wellness nurse on hand to share information on whole grains,
fruits and vegetables, complete with taste-testing. Open to
health-conscious men & women age 55 and better. Register at
the Front Desk or by calling 704-216-7714.
Beginning in May, anyone who loves to walk is invited to
join the Walk-About Club members at Granite Lake Park every
Saturday at 10:00 am for a walk around the lake.
Additionally there will be a "Bojangles Breakfast Walk" on
Wednesday, May 13. Interested walkers should meet at Rufty-Holmes
Senior Center at 8:00 am for a walk to Bojangles and dutch-treat
breakfast. After breakfast, the group will return to the
Center. The total walk will be approximately 2.5 miles. New
walkers are always welcome. Please call 704-216-7714 if you
plan to attend the "Bojangles Breakfast Walk". There is no
need to register for the Saturday morning walks.
Outdoor Adventure Club Trip to Tanglewood Park
Friday, May 22. Meet at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center at 8:30am to carpool to
Tanglewood Park in Clemmons, NC for hiking or horseback
riding.Horseback riding costs $30 for a 45-55 minute ride.
There are only 7 horses so the first 7 to sign up for the
horseback riding will get to ride. There are hiking options
for those who do not wish to go horseback riding. Join
Beth Foreman for a moderate 2-3 mile hike or walk at your
own pace and enjoy the gardens. Bring water, a snack and $3
to pay the car pool driver. If you register for horseback
riding bring an additional $30. Dress appropriately for
the weather. Participation is at your own risk. New
participants will need to complete an information survey at
the Front Desk. In case of inclement weather, call the
Center, as the outing may be postponed. To register for
this activity call 704-216-7714.
Blood Pressure Screenings
Wednesday, May 6 from 9:30-10:30am. Free blood
pressure readings and consultation for interested older
adults. Provided by retired Geriatric & Adult Nurse
Practitioner Gail Kimball.
blood pressure kiosk is also available for use in the
Fitness Annex anytime during normal operating hours,
sponsored by Novant Health Rowan Medical Center.
New Exercise Classes
For more information, or to register for a fitness class,
Beginners Gentle Exercise:
Begins Monday, May 4 at 2:30pm. Join other seniors who would
like to start a gentle exercise program. This class will be
geared towards beginners who are not exercising normally, or
who feel the desire to get started exercising again. The
class will meet one day a week on Mondays, for 45 minutes.
Participants must be a member of the Center and meet with a
Fitness Trainer to join this class. Cost is $10.00 for the
Cardio Mini Series: BeginsTuesday,
May 5 at 5:30pm. PiYo is back on Tuesdays and Thursdays in
May! Join other seniors and get a great cardio workout with
Fitness Trainer Angela. PiYo is a mix of Pilates and Yoga
which strengthens your core, back, legs and arms.
Participants must be a member of the Center and meet with a
Fitness Trainer to join this class. Cost is $15.00 per
On-Going Exercise ClassesClass Openings
One may join one of our on-going senior exercise classes
after screening and consultation with the Fitness Staff. A
variety of offerings are available at different levels, and
Senior-Lite Jazzercise, Coed Fitness, SilverSneakers
Classic, Strength-ercise, Tai Chi, and Chair Yoga, as well
as arthritis water exercise and cardiovascular water
exercise classes. Strength and aerobic
fitness equipment is also available for use, with trained
staff accessible to provide an orientation and instruction.
Inquire at the Front Desk for more information or call
Twenty-minute sessions are available at Rufty-Holmes
Senior Center on Friday afternoons by appointment
with Travis Alligood, LMBT. Cost is $12 per
session. To schedule an appointment call
Meetings This Monthtober Club
TOPS Chapter - Each Monday at 9:30am except May 25
Men's Breakfast Club - Each Tuesday at 8:30am
Rufty Holmes Lady Liners - Each Tuesday at 10:00am
Creative Needles - Each Wednesday at 9:30am
R-H Computer Club - Each Thursday at 10:00am
Woodcarvers Group - Each Thursday at 1:30pm
Evergreen Bridge Club - Each Friday at 1:00pm
Busy Bees Crafts Club - Friday, May 1 at 10:30am
Golf Association of Rowan Seniors - Monday, May 4 at
Ambassadors Club - Monday, May 4 at noon
Seniors Morning Out - Thursday, May 7 at 10:00am
AARP Chapter - Thursday, May 7 at 1:00pm
Military Officers Association - Monday, May 11 at
Rufty-Holmes Garden Club - Monday, May 11 at 2:00pm
Better Breathing Club - Wednesday, May 13 at 2:00pm
Seniors Without Partners - Thursday, May 14 at
Starry Night Quilters - Thursday, May 14 at 6:30pm
Southside Extension Homemakers - Monday, May 18 at
Rowan Doll Society - Tuesday, May 19 at noon
Salisbury-Rowan Retired School Personnel Assoc -
Wednesday, May 20 at 10:30am
Salisbury-Rowan Quilters Guild Meeting - Thursday,
May 21 at 1:00pm
Carolina Artists - Thursday, May 21 at 7:00pm
Rufty-Holmes Senior Center offers six locations
throughout Rowan County for adults age 60 and older
to gather for lunch, fellowship and educational
programs Monday thru Friday. Principally funded by
federal, state and local aging grants, there is no
charge to participate, but donations are encouraged
and accepted. For more information, call
"Are You Okay?" Service
Sign up for free daily automated telephone safety
checks through the Center by calling 704-216-7704.
Assistance with Hearing Needs
For individuals who are hard of hearing and need
assistance with hearing devices or telephone
communication. Sponsored by the NC Division of
Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing. Call
to get a time for an appointment at Rufty-Holmes by
Several times a year an attorney with Legal Aid of
North Carolina, Inc. will be available to meet with
interested persons at the Center by appointment to
provide assistance in non-criminal matters (family
law, public assistance, housing, consumer
protection, etc). The service is free to low-income
adults age 60 or older, provided with regional funds
from the Area Agency on Aging. For information, and
to schedule an appointment,
call the NC Legal Aide office at 1-877-579-7562
and identify yourself as an older adult residing in
Caring for Caregivers Alzheimer's Support Group
Thursday, May 28 at 5:30pm. The
monthly meeting features a light meal with an expert
speaker in the Alzheimer's arena who will discuss
specific topics and answer questions. There is also
an opportunity for roundtable discussions of
caregiver needs. Affiliated with the Western NC
Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, the support
group is sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care,
Carillon Assisted Living, Lutheran Senior Services,
and Magnolia Gardens Extended Care Community. For
additional information contact Teresa Dakins at
Appointments for Ombudsman Assistance
Patricia Garner Cowan, CIRS-A, Regional Long Term
Care Ombudsman from Centralina Area Agency on
Aging, is available each month to answer individual
questions related to long term care. Call Rufty-Holmes
Senior Center at 704-216-7714 to set up an
Rowan County residents age 62 and older can obtain
passes to attend home Rowan-Salisbury Schools
athletic, musical and drama events free of charge.
These can be obtained at the Front Desk at the
Center with a photo ID. Get yours now for fall
Insurance Information Program Assistance
Rufty-Holmes Senior Center is the Rowan County
location for the Seniors' Health Insurance
Information Program (SHIIP) operated by the NC
Department of Insurance. Staff and trained
counselors are available to assist individuals and
families with impartial information on Medicare
supplemental and prescription drug plans by
appointment. Call 704-216-7700 for more information.
General Information & Assistance
Staff members are available to assist individuals
and families with general information and assistance
in utilizing various community services available to
older adults. If you have a need, call the Senior
Help Line at 704-216-7700.
This 'n That
RUFTY-HOLMES SENIOR CENTER AND ALL LUNCH CLUB SITES
WILL BE CLOSED ON MONDAY, MAY 25 FOR THE MEMORIAL
Enjoy BELTONE BINGO every Tuesday from 1-3pm for
JOIN US FOR CHAIR VOLLEYBALL EVERY FRIDAY AT 1:00pm.
SENIOR GAMES SHUFFLEBOARD will be held on
Friday, May 1 from 8:30am-11:30am.
Enjoy CARD & GAME DAY Thursdays from 1-4pm. Free
BROADCAST BINGO is available for Rowan County adults
age 60 and older. Win prizes by listening daily to
"Senior Moments" on Memories 1280 Radio. Call
704-216-7707 to enroll and for more information.
"SENIOR MOMENTS" are aired daily Monday - Friday
at 6:25am & 10:25am on Memories 1280 WSAT Radio.
NEED A RIDE TO THE SENIOR CENTER? THE CITY BUS NOW
SERVES THE SENIOR CENTER HOURLY (AT APPROXIMATELY 5
MINUTES PAST THE HOUR) MONDAY - FRIDAY ON ROUTE #
1. FOR INFORMATION CALL 704-638-5252. COUNTY
RESIDENTS CAN CALL FOR TRANSPORTATION ASSISTANCE AT
For more information about Rufty-Holmes Senior
Center, go to www.ruftyholmes.org
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